On the 7th of each month, I interrupt the usual framework of the daily biblical meditations and dedicate that day’s meditation to our Heavenly Father, for which I take an extract from the “Message from the Father” to Sister Eugenia Ravasio; a private revelation that has been approved by the Church[i]:
“If there is something that I desire, above all now, it is simply to see more fervour on the part of the just, a smooth path for the conversion of sinners, sincere and persevering conversion, and the return of the prodigal sons to their Father’s house. I am referring in particular to the Jews and to all others who are My creatures and children, such as the schismatics, the heretics, the freemasons, the poor infidels, the sacrilegious, and the various secret sects. I want this whole world to know that there is a God and a Creator. This God, Who will address their ignorance twice over, is un-known to them; they do not know that I am their Father.
Believe Me, you who are listening to Me as you read these words: if all men who are far from our Catholic Church heard people talking about this Father Who loves them, Who is their Creator and their God, about this Father Who desires to give them eternal life, then many of these men, even the most obstinate ones, would come to this Father of Whom you had spoken to them. If you cannot go to them and talk to them directly, look for other means: thousands of direct and indirect ways. Put them into effect with the true spirit of disciples and with great fervour. I promise you that your efforts will soon be crowned with success by a special grace. Make yourselves apostles of My fatherly goodness and, because of the zeal I will give you all, you will be strong and powerful in your work among souls.”
Thanks to faith, we can do great works. Thanks to faith, we are increasingly freed from the fear that wants to paralyse us, preventing us from doing what is required of us to expand the Kingdom of God. A few days ago, I published a short lecture on my YouTube channel that is intended to help both those who have just started on the path of conversion – giving them concrete guidelines on what is important to take into account at the beginning – and also those who have already been living with the Lord for a long time, to remind them of this grace that God has given them and to continue with great fervour on the path of conversion:
The first Conversion – YouTube
The text we have heard today from the “Message from the Father” speaks to us of the great fervour we have to show in working for the conversion of people. We also heard how God the Father has all people in mind, excluding no one. He mentions certain groups of people that we would rather avoid and that perhaps frighten us a little: “The schismatics, the heretics, the freemasons, the poors, the sacrilegious, and the various secret sects…”
It is true that people who belong to secret societies are confused by demons, so they radiate something dark. But the Father speaks rather of their ignorance, which is so much in need of His light. This reference certainly shows us how we are to treat the people of the mentioned groupings. They are all called to live as children of God. Often their ignorance will not be their fault, and that should move us to compassion.
The key to reaching the hearts of men is to proclaim and live the love of our Heavenly Father. If some people have only a vague idea that God exists or have very imperfect conceptions or even a distorted image of Him, they will certainly awaken when they recognise God as a loving Father. And everything else follows from this encounter.
As for the fervour that the Father desires to see in the righteous, we can identify two aspects. First, He exhorts us to increase our fervour; and then He tells us that He will give us zeal: “Of the zeal I will give you all, you will be strong and powerful in your work among souls.” This is not a contradiction! It is similar to the two statements in the Book of Ezekiel: on the one hand, “Make you a new heart and a new spirit” (Ezek 18:31); on the other hand, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you” (Ezek 36:26).
What is meant here is that God’s grace must be combined with our cooperation. Grace always precedes us, i.e. God’s invitation is always there, and in it also lies the strength to respond to it. When we respond with our free will, we become God’s co-workers. Thus, the grace that precedes us is united with our free will to accept God’s offer. This results in our fervour, which is, on the one hand, a gift from God, and, on the other hand, also the fruit of our co-operation.
Now, applying it to God the Father’s desire, this means putting into practice these words of His: “If you cannot go to them and talk to them directly, look for other means: thousands of direct and indirect ways. Put them into effect with the true spirit of disciples and with great fervour.”
Let us ask the Holy Spirit concretely how we can do this. We always have at our disposal the possibility to pray for people, and this is an essential way to reach them. Also the sacrifices we can offer will bear fruit for the conversion of people, so that they wake up from sin and ignorance. Perhaps the “Message of the Father” could also be disseminated in a good translation, and I also recommend sharing with others my lectures, meditations on God the Father and other publications that serve to make His love known. But there are thousands of possibilities and ways! Let the Lord show them to us!
A final note: During the last few months, since we concluded the Novena to God the Father, we had invited those who felt particularly called to honour the First Person of the Blessed Trinity to report to us, as representatives of their respective nations, so that together we may give to our Heavenly Father that worship and love which He asks for in the Message given to Mother Eugenia Ravasio. If anyone had not heard this invitation and would also like to be part of this “Work of love” of the Heavenly Father, you can still send us an email to the following address, indicating your name and the country you come from: firstname.lastname@example.org